Memo from Annette Baxter to Mary Scotti, regarding the library committee and the Women's Center, October 27, 1971, page 3

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          SOUTHERN HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS on MICROFICHE.

Selected by Eugene Genovese, Chairman, Department of History, University of
Rochester and John Milton Price, Director of Archives, Louisiana State University.

Plantation Records in the LSU Archives

The first part of a large micropublishing program, these
Plantation Records have been selected by Eugene Genovese
and John M. Price to show every aspect of life on the planta-
tions of Louisiana, southwestern Mississippi, and the lower
Mississippi Valley. Included are two collections, Minor and
Liddell, of extraordinary value, with smaller collections
present to supplement and amplify their content.

Covering more than a century, but concentrating on the four
decades between 1830 and 1870, the Minor Family Papers
are the records of a Mississippi family of bankers and plant-
ers. The Minors were wealthy and influential citizens whose
records deal with such matters as speculation in land and
cotton in the 1830s, management of their four plantations
from 1840 to 1870, treatment of Negroes, and the effects of
the Civil War and Reconstruction policies on Mississippi
banks.

The Liddell Papers record the activities of two generations of
planters in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, in the pro-
duction of cotton, sugar, and lumber. Their correspondence
and record books are unusually informative, dealing with
family occurrences, as well as business affairs and the day-to-
day management of their plantations. Of great interest are
records on the Civil War, in which a Liddell served, and its
aftermath. In attempting to revive planting interests with
the use of freedmen, the records document the crisis attend-
ing the breakdown of the economic and social system in the
post-Civil War South.

Smaller collections in this set include the papers of planters
such as Louis Bringier of Louisiana, a Confederate officer; a
Methodist minister, John Burruss; a shopkeeper, Eli Capell;
and a physician and professor of “Negro Medicine,” Samuel
Cartwright. Particularly interesting are the papers of two
families of free Negroes in Louisiana (the Chelette Papers and
the Badin Papers) and the personal diaries of Mary Bateman,
Priscilla Bond, Mrs. Isaac Hilliard, Eliza Magruder, James
Monette, and Clarissa Town.

The Southern Historical Manuscripts Program

The program will comprise manuscripts for research in the
history of the Old South. Beginning with plantation records
for the region of the lower Mississippi Valley, it will be ex-
panded to include complementary records for the rest of the
South and progress from there to cover the major southern
ports and the commodities trade. Ultimately, the program
will make available a comprehensive and representative ar-
chive for students and other researchers in such diverse fields
as social history, economic history, agricultural history, black
studies, and the history of the American South in general.

STANDARDS 

Greenwood microfiche conform to standards established by the American
National Standards lnstitute. They are positive silver transparencies with
full legible positive titles. Measuring 105mm x 148mm (roughly 4"x6"),
they carry a maximum of 98 pages of documents at a reduction ratio not
exceeding 24:1. Every care is taken to avoid damage in handling and packing.

Greenwood adheres to the following standards of the American National
Standards Institute:
PH5.9-1970 Specifications for Microfiches, Type A1 Microfiche
PH1.28-1969 Specifications for Photographic Film for Records, Sil-
ver Gelatin Type, on Cellulose Ester Base
PH4.20-1958 (R1970) Photographic Filing Enclosures for Storing Processed
Photographic Films, Plates, and Papers
PH5.4-1970 Storage of Silver Gelatin Microfilm

Cover: The Houmas House on the Burnside plantation
owned by the Bringiers. 1961 by Clarence John
Laughlin in Ghosts Along the Mississippi.